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Weezer's Rivers Cuomo sits down with Shifty to talk Yngwie, Phish, and the outro solo to "Only in Dreams" off the “Blue” album.

"I don't use effects," Rivers Cuomo states, matter-of-factly, to Chris Shiflett on this second episode of Shred With Shifty. That might come as a bit of a shock to all the Weezer fans out there who went and bought a Big Muff in an effort to imitate the alt-rock guitarist's sound. For his tones on the band’s famous debut album, he went straight into his amp, and the only effect heard on that record, he says, was a bit of delay on the swells in "Only in Dreams."

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A guitarist in Israel swapped a bass for a walnut-finished Gherson SG copy, and then turned it into an ode to the late Ric Ocasek.

Name: Rany Eskinazi
Hometown: Netanya, Israel
Guitar: Early-1980s Gherson SG copy, nicknamed “Candy-O”

My story starts about two decades ago, when I bought my first (and last) bass guitar. I was trying my luck as a bassist. However, I’ve found out that it’s rather hard for me to sing and play bass at the same time. I also realized that I’m a much better guitarist than bassist. So, I put the bass in its gigbag and left it in the closet for a long time.

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